I have lived here almost 23 years now and I am guess I am just about begiining to survive - I think.
I thought I spoke the language to a comprehensible extent but i came across these phrases or words - all the time, which to me were unacceptable.
Ce n'est pas possible
C'est comme cela
On verra ( which means it'll never happen)
I just don't except all that
He/she or it is 'special' or tres special
People are not willing to relinquish information though they do give misinformation
I lived here for two years before and Englishman told me I could buy stamps in a tabac - ater years of frustration at the post office, where there were often fights, and when it got to my turn, the guichet suddenly closed for one reason or another.
I was admonished for asking not too many personal questions, but too many questions. I mean, we can get beyond the weather can't we.
Do not discuss the French Revolution etc etc
So why do I stay here?
Good journalistic patch
The wine's nice and the food is good as is the weather
I'm sure the people are nice too if only they would allow us to get to know them.